Salty Popcorn Top 20 Movies of 2015

Three hundred and eighty one days in the making my Top 20 Movies of 2015 list is finally complete. This has been the hardest year to complete this list with me arguing to myself over which film would be best, the list changed leadership about ten times in the last two weeks as I could not agree on what was the best movie. STAR WARS was the most exciting movie of the year and when I first saw it the words out of my mouth “best movie of the year,” same thing with THE REVENANT, but then I decided to re-watch a few that I own copies of in the top 10 to make sure I was making the right decision and I am very happy with the year’s list. There are two sad omissions I just could not keep in while completing, AMY and TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL – both spectacular documentaries I highly recommend. 

And without further ado……………………

20.  Dope

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Brilliant movie – will own a copy of this on Blu Ray.

 

19.  Wild Tales

 

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One of the most clever comedies of the year, laughed so hard in this movie about revenge.

 

18.  Last Cab to Darwin

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Spectacular Aussie movie.

 

17.  The Dressmaker

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LOVED THIS – Kate is amazing, Liam is droooooooooool and Judy Davis slays in this.

 

16.  Inside Out

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It wouldn’t be a Top 20 without a PIXAR movie in the mix. Not as funny as the rest in the genre but one of the most intelligent psychological movies made, incredibly clever.

 

15.  Lilting

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Ben Whishaw in one of the most beautiful gay dramas ever made, this film had me at Whishaw being cast, he is one of my all time faves and someone I plan to wed.

 

14.  Mommy

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Xavier Dolan – the end – one of the best directors of all time.

 

13.  X+Y

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This was the first movie in 2015 that I knew would make my Top 20 list – it also holds a special place in my heart because if you look at the above poster in the top right hand corner you will see why :).

 

12.  The Crow’s Egg

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It will be compared to SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE but THE CROW’S EGG is brilliant on its own merit, a beautiful tale for the whole family that makes you laugh and cry. Loved this movie.

 

11.  Mr Holmes

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My favourite Sherlock Holmes tale, Sir Ian is a revelation as always.

 

10.  Sicario

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Just WOW to this movie, one of the most tense and intelligent action movies of recent years, everyone involved was robbed for Oscar nominations on this one, Emily Blunt would have been a serious contender and personally I found it to be Benicio Del Toro’s best ever role.

 

9.  Jongens

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My favourite gay movie of the year is JONGENS aka BOYS. The closest movie that has been made that reminds me of A BEAUTIFUL THING. A perfect coming of age love story.

 

8.  Carol

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Cate Blanchett’s career best performance and a remarkable gay and lesbian movie that needs to be see, not because of it being a gay and lesbian film but because it is a sublime romance period drama.

 

7.  Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Funniest movie of the year and for me best spy movie of all time, have never laughed so hard, this is the movie I have seen the most in 2015 racking about ten viewings.

 

6.  Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens

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Words not needed, it made me a teenager again.

 

5.  Goodnight Mommy

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Best gothic horror movie of the year, basically 2015’s THE BABADOOK.

 

4.  The Hateful Eight

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Just WOW – I got to see this one last night with Tarantino, Jackson and Russell all in attendance, the beautiful 70mm presentation is one of Tarantino’s best going back to his RESERVOIR DOGS style of film. I hope Jennifer Jason Leigh does well for the Oscars and Ennio Morricone has the Oscar in the bag for that score, it is phenomenal.

 

3.  The Revenant

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Leo Leo Leo – it is not his best performance but it is the most glaring example of his exceptional work ethic and what someone will do to themselves for a movie and to win an award. Bravo to all involved on this movie, there is a high chance it will clean sweep all the awards.

 

2. Room

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This movie floored me in every way and will sweep some Oscars up. Brie Larson will be a serious contender for the Academy Awards, I think Cate Blanchett pipped her for skills with CAROL but Larson scored the Golden Globe. One of the greatest travesties with the Oscar nominations this year was not awarding a nomination to Jacob Tremblay, one of the best performances of 2015.

 

And drumroll please…………………….JK’s best film of 2015………………………………..

1 . Ex Machina

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Alicia Vikander was robbed for not receiving a best female supporting actor for this movie, as was Oscar Isaac for best male actor, as was the film, the art direction, the editing, the soundtrack, the cinematography and so on – the film is aesthetic perfection and remarkable in it’s intelligence to A.I. It completely won me over, besides everything else, for Oscar Isacc’s dance scene – I clapped and belted out the words “Bravo.” If you haven’t seen it do it!!

 

is the owner and editor of Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Film Critics Circle of Australia and has been in the Australian movie industry for 25yrs. He loves watching people trip over and is Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest fan. All the social media links to the right and up will allow you to abuse, troll or stalk him :).

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